It’s clear there’s bad blood between the two – just the other day they nearly fought at a pre-Super Bowl media day in Masvidal’s home town of Miami. But a big-money match-up against McGregor would be too hard to pass up.
“Usman doesn’t want this. He’s a b–ch – he wants to fight the guy ranked below me, like I’m not even there.”
Masvidal has been one of the most respected fighters in the welterweight division for a long time, but it was his efforts in 2019 that saw him shoot into the spotlight.
He won the performance-of-the-night award when he knocked out Darren Till in March, before following it up in July with the fastest knockout in the history of the UFC, ending Ben Askren’s night, and a decade-long undefeated streak, in five seconds.
After that, he beat Nate Diaz in front of a packed Madison Square Garden (featuring President Donald Trump in the crowd) and was awarded the custom-made ‘BMF’ (which stands for ‘Baddest Motherf—er’) championship belt by The Rock upon victory.
“It’s definitely taken the stardom to another level – but my fans, the guys that are tied to me, are real. The guys that are Usman fans or Conor fans, they’re the casuals,” he said.
“I might have got famous yesterday, but I’ve been kicking everybody’s ass for a long f—ng time.”
While it’s customary to defend actual title belts, he said that his BMF is staying with him forever and that Usman especially would not be a worthy holder.
“He’s an automatically invalid entry. It’s a gated community, he can’t get in here. I’ll just be taking his belt like I told him.”
Before he fights again, the 35-year-old is headed to Australia for a speaking tour, across each mainland capital city, with some of the proceeds going to bushfire relief.
He’s encouraged audiences to “get ready for a hot mess”.
“We’re going to have a two-hour conversation, there’s a lot of things to say. If you’re a hard-working motherf—er like me that’s been getting after it for many years, people relate,” he said. “Regular people just love me because they’ve seen me progress from the bottom to the very top.”
Matt Bungard is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.